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arguments. the prosecution asked to allow jurors to allow lesser charges. mark o'mara spoke today saying the jury has what it needs to acquit. he joins us in the hour ahead and we'll talk with one of the martin family attorneys. a very full night. what happened in court savidge >> reporter: it's the question dominating this trial, would george zimmerman take the stand? and today the judge asked him directly. >> have you made a decision -- >> yes, your honor. >> what is your decision, sir? >> after consulting with counsel, not to testify your honor. >> is it your decision not to testify in this case? >> yes, your honor. >> and are you making that decision freely and voluntarily? >> yes, your honor. >> reporter: with that the defense rested. >> with all that in mind, the evidence, the defense would rest. >> reporter: much of the day was spent on a use of force consultant who testified based on his analysis, zimmerman was non-confrontational lacking a warrior mentality, but it was a dummy that proved to be one of the strongest witnesses of the day. it began when john guy grabbed a life-size
attorney mark o'mara saying the jury has what they need to quit. we'll talk with one of the martin family attorneys and our legal panel. let's get you up to date with martin save edge. >> reporter: it's been the question dominate thing entire trial, would george zimmerman take the stand? and today judge debra nelson asked him directly. >> have you made a decision? >> yes, sir. >> what is your decision, sir? >> after consulting with counsel, not to testify, your honor. >> is it your decision to not testify in this case? >> yes, your honor. >> are you making that decision freely and voluntarily? >> yes, your honor. >> reporter: and with that, the defense rested. >> with all that in mind, the defense would rest. >> reporter: much of the day was spent on a use of force consultant, who testified based on his analysis, zimmerman was noncontrontational, lacking a warrior mentality. but it was a dummy that proved to be one of the strongest witnesses of the day. it began when the prosecutor grabbed a mannequin to show their version of events. >> you recognize this as being a human-type figure, rig
the attorneys for the defense are sitting. he gets between mark o'mara and don west and essentially demands that don west apologize for offending his honor, so to speak. don west raises his voice and says, no, i'm not apologizing. it was at that point sheriffs deputies had to come down and interrupt and encourage the attorneys to leave the courtroom. >> not only honor but essentially accusing him of violating the law. >> yes, yes. yeah, that was exactly what he was accusing him of. the apology did not happen. even before that, you know, judge nelson extended george zimmerman's curfew. what ended up happening yesterday late into the night, these hearings that were supposed to take 30 minutes, an hour, they ended up spanning two, three, and four hours. don west at one point right before judge nelson left the courtroom, don west was complaining that the pace of the trial was essentially getting to be too much for him. the hearings and the late nights and it was getting to be too much and was pleading for a later start among other things. judge nelson cuts him off midway through his plea and le
created, if you will, on saturday -- >>> mark o'mara, the defense attorney for george zimmerman making the case while the testimony of john donnelly on behalf of george zimmerman should remain as evidence -- should be allowed for the juries to consider, even though the state, the prosecution is arguing that mr. donnelly violated the so-called sequestration rules by watching the trial, talking about the case after -- at least until -- he had not yet been excused, and as a result this debate is going on. that testimony from donnelly was very significant, a vietnam war veteran. he testified that it was in fact george skipper man's voice crying out for help on that 911 tape, whether or not that will be allowed to remain as evidence, that's what they are arcing about right now. we will continue to watch what's happening in the courtroom. stand by for that. >>> also, there was a dramatic demonstration in the courtroom earlier in the day, dueling lawyers with dummies. what did both sides accomplish? >>> and later, the former sanford, florida, police chief speaking out to cnn for the first tim
:30 tomorrow morning, at which time mark o'mara will begin the defense's closing argument. the state will then have a chance to rebut their closing argument, and the jury will be charged. back with us, lisa bloom, faith jenkins and marcia clark, i want to listen to something that mark o'mara said, he will be up there tomorrow. what he said when he argued for basically a directed verdict at the end of the prosecution's case. saying that they failed to make their case. it came down to this one line. >> trayvon martin did in fact cause his own death. >> marcia clark, that is what they have to argue to this jury. that george zimmerman did not cause that death. the death was caused and trayvon martin's death was caused by trayvon martin. >> that is right, they're going to have to point to whatever they can to try and establish that george zimmerman was not the aggressor, that trayvon martin was, and that george zimmerman had no choice, ultimately but to shoot at trayvon martin. and so what they're going to point to, i'm sure, is number one thing is the way that the ballistic evidence, no
and we saw defense attorney mark o'mara jump right on that argument. george zimmerman answered the question on everyone's mind, would he testify. >> have you made a decision as to whether or not you want to testify in this case? >> no, not at this time. >> i object to the court inquiring of mr. zimmerman as to his decision about whether or not to testify. >> your objection is overruled. >> reporter: but after a tense exchange between judge debra nelson and zimmerman's lawyers he made his choice. >> after consulting with counsel, not to testify, your honor. >> reporter: there was also proof in court wednesday you can learn a lot from a dummy. during one of the most surreal moments in court, both sides straddled a foam dummy in attempts to illustrate the conflicting arguments as to what happened the night trayvon martin was killed. prosecutors john guy argued it would be difficult for zimmerman to shoot at a 90-degree angle had trayvon martin been on top as presented by the defense. >> would it be consistent the 90 degrees if trayvon martin had been backing up and the defendant r
. he got on top of mark o'mara. when describing his skill level -- >> still learning how to punch. he didn't know how to effectively punch. >> on a scale of one to ten, where did he hit? >> i said a one. >> the levels in trayvon martin's system will be admitted as evidence for jurors to consider. the trial moves into day 11. george howell, cnn, sanford, florida. >> another big day ahead. 20 minutes after the hour. >>> as pranks go, this was cruel or absolutely brilliant. you make the call. the video shows the prankster arranging to have his sleeping girlfriend wake up to the sight of a ghost coming out of the tv set. he spent weeks designing a public replica. this seems like a wonderful idea. check out the reaction. >> oh, no. poor thing. that's awful. >> so, as you can see, the girlfriend was so scared, the boyfriend had to stop her from running out of the house. i say boyfriend, it may be former boyfriend. >> i think it's grounds for separation and butt kicking. >> everyone loves a joke. >> do you know how traumatizing that would be in the middle of the night? poor thing. she needs
the success of dr. dimaio, sunny and mark say led to why mark o'mara said i'm done. i don't need to bring others it to the stand. do you think that's why he made that decision? more a last-minute decision or do you know coming into today i'm done? >> usually defense attorneys have something in reserve if they think they have to extend the case a bit. i think a lot of attorneys that i know who are watching the case think that the case has been shredded. the prosecution's case has been shredded by the defense. now you have this forensic evidence that lines up pretty much perfectly with the zimmerman story. there were elements that line up with the prosecutor's story as well. they needed a knockout punch forrencecally, the prosecutors, to show that zimmerman's story was an impossibility given the physical evidence and, frankly, they didn't get that knockout punch in the cross-examination of this very impressive forensic pathologist. >> and i wanted to play one other thing that the forensic pathologist said, mark, and this was about this issue of trayvon martin and where his hands were. zimme
on this in the morning. mark o'mara zimmerman's attorney will call a few more witnesses and some time tomorrow, shep, rest their case. >> shepard: phil keating in central florida. the issue of race in this case has played a significant part in the trial. explicitly as undercurrent that slips into the state's narrative. prosecutors have said george zimmerman profiled trayvon martin as a criminal. and they have played previous phone call zimmerman made to police to support suspicious characters. each who, with, was black. but prosecutors are not the only ones who can use race to try to prove a point. today the defense insinuated that race may have played a part in the initial charges of george zimmerman. team fox coverage continues. trace gallagher live for us. the defense here, trace, was trying to show that there was tension between city leaders. >> yeah. in fact, former sanford police shep bill lee, shep, has testified that city manager a man named martin bonapard. lee said he recommended the 911 calls where screams can be heard in the background trayvon martin. they should hear them individually i
. but looking at today, and even just the body language of mark o'mara, they don't seem to be quite as confident. this defense witness doesn't seem to have served george zimmerman ea zimmerman's case particularly well. >> yeah. this was a mistake by this defense. and let me make it clear, the defense has been doing a really good job. these are excellent attorneys. no question about that. but sometimes when you're in the thick of it, you can't really see the forest for the trees. you just can't see. you lose somewhat of a sense of how well you are doing. and this witness just didn't need to be called. i don't know that he added anything for the defense. and the prosecution did such an effective job of cross examining the witness, he came off as being biased. he came off as being very speculative. >> sunny, i'm so sorry to interrupt you. there is a new defense witness on the stand that we want to listen in on. >> t-a-l-a-n. >> and at one point back in february of actually early 2012, did you live in the retreat at twin lakes area. >> yeah. >> have you since moved out. >> yes, i have. >> are you ma
ago. they're taking a break right now. but defense attorney mark o'mara is addressing the six-member all women jury in this case. george zimmerman as you remember is being charged with second-degree murder in the february shooting of 17-year-old trayvon martin. now, he has claimed he was shooting him and killed him in self-defense. he's pled not guilty. in the closing argument so far, the defense attorney mark o'mara has said to jurors they have an important responsibility because they must weigh all the evidence and consider a very high standard. and that is one called beyond a this is what defense attorney mark o'mara has said so far this morning. >> do not allow them to give their words to your ears rather than george's. listen to what he said. there's not a witness in there. not one, state's case, not one who will say to you george zimmerman, yeah, the guy running around the neighborhood looking around. george zimmerman is not guilty. if you have just a reasonable doubt that he acted in self-defense. >> the jury has been listening to evidence for three weeks. in the closin
to late week. defense attorney mark o'mara says among the witnesses he plans to call to the stand, trayvon martin's father. among the witnesses, the defense will call perhaps as early as today, 17-year-old trayvon martin's father, tracy martin. when police first played a neighbor's 911 call for tracy martin, the question was, whose voice could be heard screaming for help? a sanford police detective wrote in his report, i asked mr. martin if the voice calling for help was that of his son. mr. martin, clearly emotionally impacted by the recording, quietly responded, no. george zimmerman's defense attorney, mark o'mara. >> i think cha tracy martin said wasp that's not my son's voice and i think that's information the jury needs to have. >> reporter: in court, the jury has listened to that tape repeatedly, as has tracy martin. whose voice is that? >> trayvon. >> reporter: trayvon martin's parents have not commented during the trial but did an extensive interview with nbc news a month before the trial began. >> i never said, no, that's not trayvon. but after going back to the mayor's office and
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